And Your Bird Can Sing

2018 / 107' / Japan / In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles / Color

★ Kinema Junpo’s Top 3

★ Based on a novel by Yasushi Sato

★ Hakodate's youth story

Aimless youth drifts towards love and maturity in Sho Miyake’s naturalistic, quietly illuminating slacker film. Emoto Tasuku stars as an unnamed protagonist whose lazy worldview is subtly challenged when his girlfriend Sachiko (Shizuka Ishibashi) meets his unemployed roommate Shizuo (Shota Sometani). Based on a 1982 novel by the late Yasushi Sato, whose writing inspired Sketches of Kaitan City (2010) and The Light Shines Only There (2014), this unhurried comedy-drama charmingly captures the idyllic digressions and restless brooding of youth belatedly approaching adulthood.

Dir:Sho Miyake

Cast : Tasuku Emoto , Shizuka Ishibashi , Shota Sometani

About the director : 
Sho Miyake was born in 1984 in Sapporo and attended the Tokyo Film School. His second film Playback was selected to compete at the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival. In 2018 he presented his first video installation, World Tour, at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. His latest work,And Your Bird Can Sing, uses close up shots of the actors, the camera mimicking a fly on the wall to portray the story of Hakodate’s summer love.

Ticketing for film screenings will start from 11Jul(Thu), 10 am at the ticket office of Cinematheque.Passion as well as our official website.

Synopsis credit: HKIFF